Cape Town - Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin Sredojevic said one mistake cost his side a place in the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals.
An Ayanda Patosi goal on 54 minutes settled the last-16 tie in Cape Town City's favour at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday night.
After the match, Sredojevic explained that a momentary lapse of concentration undermined an otherwise good performance.
"First of all, we said before it’s the final before the final. We played a very god team," he told SuperSport TV.
"We did everything right, but lost concentration at a crucial moment when Mthokozisi Dube failed to track the cross which led to their goal.
"We tried to play a chess game with one-on-one moves, but unfortunately that one move cost us so much.
"We fought from then on with three strikers upfront and fullbacks pushing forward to provide the services.
"With more patience, we could’ve delivered more crosses. It could’ve been much better. But this is a process."
Sredojevic, who has turned the club's fortunes around since his appointment, felt the need to apologise for the loss.
“I’m really sorry to the supporters that we really wanted to win, but our best today wasn’t enough to get us the result we wanted," he concluded.
Cape Town City now go into the draw for the quarter-finals on Thursday, with Ubuntu Cape Town, Baroka FC, Free State Stars, Kaizer Chiefs, Bloemfontein Celtic, Maritzburg United and Mamelodi Sundowns.